Jonathan Dayton High School

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Jonathan Dayton High School
139 Mountain Avenue
Springfield, NJ, 07081
Type Public high school
Established 1934
Principal Elizabeth Cresci
Asst. Principal Ron Slate
Faculty 43.4 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 612 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 12.93:1[1]
Campus Open
Athletics conference Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference
Team name Bulldogs[2]
Publication Jargon (literary magazine)
Newspaper The Dawg Print

Jonathan Dayton High School is an American four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in Springfield Township, in Union County, New Jersey, operating as part of the Springfield Public Schools. The school is named after Jonathan Dayton, a signer of the United States Constitution. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1942.[3] The Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools granted AFG (Accreditation For Growth) accreditation to Jonathan Dayton School in 2008.[4]

As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 612 students and 43.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.93:1. There were 30 students (5.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 11 (2.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 60th in New Jersey and 1,732nd nationwide.[5] The school was the 991st-ranked public high school in the United States out of over 26,000 schools in the country, 29th in the state of New Jersey, in Newsweek magazine's "America's Top High Schools 2010" edition.[6]

The school was the 113th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology.[7] The school had been ranked 26th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 40th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[8] The magazine ranked the school 32nd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[9] The school was ranked 44th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.[10] ranked the school tied for 76th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 109 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (89.5%) and language arts literacy (96.4%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[11]

In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 716th in the nation among participating public high schools and 55th among schools in New Jersey.[12]


Jonathan Dayton offers Advanced Placement (AP) classes in the humanities (AP English Language and Composition, AP Art History, AP Studio Art, AP Music Theory, AP United States History, AP European History, and AP Psychology), sciences (AP Chemistry, AP Physics, and AP Biology), and (AP Calculus BC and AP Statistics) and AP Computer Science. All students have laptops.

Extracurricular activities[edit]


Model United Nations (MUN) Junior State of America (JSA) Student Council
Italian Club French Club Spanish Club
Kiwanis Key Club Alternatives Club Ski/Snowboard Club
Math League Science League Medical Careers Club
Newspaper (The Dawg Print) Literary Magazine (Jargon) Yearbook (Operated by Mrs. Chomko, English teacher)
Spring Musical Fall Drama Marching Band
Mock Trial Team Quiz Bowl Bulldog Banger Student Section
Foreign Language Honor Society Mixed Choir Art Club
Peer Leadership Peer Mediation Prom Committee
REBEL Volunteer Club Environmental Club
Student-Principal Advisory Committee (SPAC) Book Club National Honor Society (NHS)


Jonathan Dayton is home to three publications, The Dawg Print, Jargon, and the yearbook. The former is the school's newspaper, which is released tri-yearly. Jargon is Jonathan Dayton's Literary Magazine, which displays the school's body of creative writing. Jargon's content can be submitted through the school's creative writing classes, or of the writer's own accord.


Jonathan Dayton High School competes in the Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[13] With 478 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North II, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 61 to 478 students in that grade range.[14] Prior to the NJSIAA's 2010 realignment, the school had participated in the Mountain Valley Conference, which included schools in Essex County and Union County.[15]

Sports offered at Jonathan Dayton High School include:[2]

  • Fall Sports: Football (Varsity, JV & Frosh), Soccer (Boys', Varsity & JV), Soccer (Girls', Varsity & JV), Cross Country (Boys & Girls, Varsity), Volleyball (Varsity & JV), Gymnastics (Varsity), Cheerleading (Varsity) and Tennis (Girls' Varsity & JV).
  • Winter Sports: Bowling (Co-ed JV, Varsity) Basketball (Boys' Varsity, JV & Frosh), Basketball (Girls' Varsity & JV), Indoor Track (Boys’ & Girls’ Varsity), Swimming (Co-ed, Varsity), Ice Hockey (Co-ed Varsity & JV), Cheerleading (Varsity & JV) and Wrestling (co-op with David Brearley High School).
  • Spring Sports: - Baseball (Varsity & JV), Softball (Varsity & JV), Spring Track (Boys' & Girls, Varsity & JV), Tennis (Boys' Varsity & JV) and Golf (Co-ed Varsity)

The boys tennis team won the 2007 North II, Group I state sectional championship with a 4-1 win against Ridgefield Memorial High School.[16] The team moved on to win the 2007 NJSIAA Group I State Championship, defeating Pennsville Memorial High School 4-1 in the final matches.[17]

The wrestling team, operated in combination with David Brearley High School, won the 2006 and 2007 Central Jersey Group I state sectional title defeating Roselle Park High School 39-20 in 2006 and 46-10 in 2007.[18] In 2008 the wrestling team won the North 2 Group 2 Sectional Title defeating South Plainfield High School by a score of 34-23 at South Plainfield High School. The team was a finalist in the Group I state championship before losing to Paulsboro High School at the Ritacco Center in Toms River in 2007 and a Group II state finalist in 2008, losing to Long Branch High School by a score of 30-27.[19]

The 2007 boys varsity golf team won the MVC by 45 strokes and came in third in the Union County Tournament.

The 2007-2008 boys varsity basketball team posted a 16-9 record going into the second round of states. They won the Pepe/Levee Holiday tournament and received the Sportsmanship award for the season.

The 2007-2008 spring track and field team placed third in the Valley Division at the Mountain Valley Conference and first at the Mountain Valley Conference Relays in the Valley Division and the girls placed fourth.[citation needed]

The 2008 boys tennis team won the North II, Group I state sectional championship with a 3-2 win in the tournament final over Ridgefield Memorial High School.[20]

The boys tennis team has won the North II Group I state sectional championship in four consecutive years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and the Mountain Valley Conference in 2008 and 2009. The boys tennis team has won the Group I State Championship in three consecutive years 2007, 2008, 2009 and four times overall including a state championship in 2000.[21]

The 2007, 2008, and 2009 boys tennis teams had four players who started all three of the championship seasons: Jonathan Friedman, Jordan Gelband, Colin Greten, and Daniel Karlin.

They have also had the only female football player in NJ for the year 2007-2008, Cynthia Ibe.[citation needed]


As of the 2006 - 2007 school year:

Males: 47%
Females: 53%

Total Teachers = 46
Teacher - Student Ratio = 1:12 (NJ Average = 1:14)

Ethnicity Dayton NJ Average
American Indian 1% n/a
Asian 7% 7%
Hispanic 12% 20%
Black 16% 19%
White 64% 54%


Core members of the school's administration are:[22]

  • Elizabeth Cresci, Principal
  • Ron Slate, Assistant Principal

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Data for Jonathan Dayton High Sch, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 9, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "JDHS Athletic Department". Jonathan Dayton High School. Retrieved November 2, 2007. 
  3. ^ Jonathan Dayton High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed February 27, 2012.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Jonathan Dayton High School", The Washington Post. Accessed September 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "America's Top High Schools 2010: # 991 Dayton Springfield, NJ", Newsweek, June 13, 2010. Accessed June 11, 2011.
  7. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  8. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 23, 2012.
  9. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 16, 2011.
  10. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank". New Jersey Monthly. September 2008; posted August 7, 2008. Retrieved August 19, 2008.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Accessed February 27, 2012.
  12. ^ Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 9, 2013.
  13. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 26, 2014.
  14. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 26, 2014.
  15. ^ Home Page, Mountain Valley Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 2, 2011. Accessed November 26, 2014.
  16. ^ New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. "2007 Boys Tennis - North II, Group I". Retrieved June 6, 2007. 
  17. ^ New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. "2007 Boys Tennis - Public Group Finals". Retrieved May 27, 2007. 
  18. ^ New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. "2007 Team Wrestling Tournament - Central, Group I". Retrieved July 24, 2007. 
  19. ^ New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. "2007 Team Wrestling Tournament - Group I Championship". Retrieved July 24, 2007. 
  20. ^ ] Boys Team Tennis - North II, Group I], New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 26, 2014.
  21. ^ Chando, Matt. "Eagles fall to defending state champs", Today's Sunbeam, May 22, 2009. Accessed September 10, 2011. "Dayton (13-4) captured its third consecutive state Group I title and fourth overall by defeating Point Pleasant Boro/New Milford in the final."
  22. ^ Administration, Jonathan Dayton High School. Accessed November 26, 2014.
  23. ^ Curt Merz, The Pro Football Archives. Accessed May 10, 2013.
  24. ^ Ross, Jeffrey. I Only Roast the Ones I Love: How to Bust Balls Without Burning Bridges, p. 66. Simon & Schuster, 2010. ISBN 1439102791. "However, it wasn't until I reached Jonathan Dayton Regional High School in Springfield that I discovered the great power of the put-down."
  25. ^ Joe Schaffernoth, Accessed May 10, 2013.
  26. ^ "BRIGADIER GENERAL ROGER C. SMITH". Archived from the original on 2013-06-24. , United States Air Force. Accessed June 15, 2013. "General Smith was born in 1937, in Orange, N.J., and graduated from Jonathan Dayton Regional High School, Springfield, N.J., in 1955."
  27. ^ Goodstein, Laurie; Kershaw, Sarah; and Lewis, Neil A. "Army Chaplain in Detention Sought to Teach About Islam", The New York Times, September 25, 2003. Accessed May 10, 2013. "Rick Iacono, Captain Yee's wrestling coach, said he had recruited Captain Yee, who weighed only 100 pounds in high school, and that he had quickly made an impression as someone who could deeply focus on what he was doing. Captain Yee kept in close touch with Mr. Iacono and would return sometimes to the high school, Jonathan Dayton High School, to speak to students about wrestling."
  28. ^ Fonda, Daren. "Were They Aiding The Enemy?", Time, September 28, 2003. Accessed May 10, 2013. "One of five children born to devout Chinese Lutherans, Jimmy, as he was known at Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield, N.J., was a champion wrestler, an ace student and "a low-maintenance guy," according to his coach."

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